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In Yars' Revenge, your goal is to destroy the Qotile laser-base which is located on the right side of the screen behind a shield. You control the fly-like Yar, which can destroy the shield piece by piece by either shooting it or running into it. Once the shield is down, you will need to use the Zorlon cannon to destroy the Qotile. The Zorlon cannon is located on the left side of the screen, and when fired can destroy the Qotile with a direct hit. The Qotile isn't completely unarmed against your attacks, however. Wandering around the screen is a destroyer missile, which will constantly be homing in on your Yar. This missile can not be destroyed, however, you can temporarily hide from it in a shield that runs vertically in the center of the screen. The Yar will be unable to fire when hiding in the shield so you can't stay there indefinitely! The Qotiles second weapon is a swirl which it will randomly fire at you and should be dodged. When you finally destroy the Qotile you can move on to the next, faster round of gameplay. Several game variations are included which control the difficulty and speed of the game.


Yars' Revenge Game Boy Color Your comrade insect is giving you a short briefing
Yars' Revenge Atari 2600 Mission accomplished!
Yars' Revenge Game Boy Color To reach the enemy, you must breach the shield and avoid the seeker-missile
Yars' Revenge Game Boy Color Main Menu (code for the current level will be there)

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Alternate Titles

  • "ヤーの復讐" -- Japanese Atari 2800 release spelling
  • "Yars' Revenge: the Qotile Ultimatum" -- Full GBC title
  • "Time Freeze" -- working title
  • "A Vingança dos Yars" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

Holds Up Just As Well Today. Atari 2600 Guy Chapman (1996)
Yars' Revenge is a fun twist on the Kill the Fortress-type games Atari 2600 Droog (522)

Critic Reviews

Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Jan 24, 2019 A+ 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Apr 06, 2003 A- 91
Retrogaming.it Atari 2600 Jul 19, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 Jul 03, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2000 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Oldies Rising Atari 2600 Sep 24, 2013 14 out of 20 70
Random Access Atari 2600 May 31, 2019 6.5 out of 10 65
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Color Nov 01, 1999 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
The Video Game Critic Game Boy Color Oct 21, 2004 D- 16


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Yars' Revenge started life as Atari 2600 conversion of Star Castle. However, after Scott Warshaw saw that the hardware was too limited, he started to change the game elements to create this game.


The Atari 2600 version came with a small comic book that explained the origin of the sentient flies like Yar and about the approaching Qotile enemy.


After you fire the cannon and successfully hit the Qotile fly along the vertical line that appears along the side of the explosion field, scrolling from the top to bottom of the screen. If you do this correctly a strange five digit code will appear in the middle of the screen and the game will freeze.

References to the game

Sound effects from Yars' Revenge make an appearance in the movie Airplane II: The Sequel. In a scene near the beginning of the movie, a landing shuttle has auto pilot engaged; a kid then comes by and begins fiddling with the controls at mission control causing the shuttle to lose control, all the while the game sounds are heard in the background.


Yar is named after an Atari executive named Ray Kassar. Yar is Ray backwards.


  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #90 on the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
  • Retro Gamer
    • Issue #46 - #5 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600 Games" poll
Information also contributed by Big John WV, LepricahnsGold, PCGamer77; ru pauk and Servo

Related Web Sites

  • Matt Chat 70 (Video interview with Howard Scott Warshaw about the development of Yars' Revenge and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial)
Contributed to by CrankyStorming (3001), Guy Chapman (1996), Alaka (88376) and Servo (57355)
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